5 tips for a smile-friendly lunch

Elevate your lunch with these easy oral-health hacks. Transform your midday meal into powerful ally against cavities with a few easy adjustments. Let’s explore ways to create an improved version of the traditional sack lunch we all know and love.

1. Swap for whole-grain bread

At the heart of the traditional sack lunch is a sandwich.  Swap white bread for whole grain for less sugar and less chance for tooth decay. Plus, boost nutrition and fiber with whole grain to help you stay full and energized.

2. Include calcium-rich foods

Incorporate calcium-rich foods like cheese, yogurt and milk into your lunch menu. Calcium and phosphates strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities, making them perfect for a tooth-friendly meal.

3. Choose nutrient-rich sides

Ditch the desserts and overly processed sides in favor of healthier alternatives. Instead of reaching for bagged chips, crackers or cookies, why not pack fresh fruits, vegetables or nuts? Choosing nutrient-rich sides help sustain your energy throughout the day. Plus, sugary foods sit on your teeth and can lead to cavities.

Consider adding crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery and bell peppers, too. Like toothbrushes, crunchy vegetables can help scrub away plaque.

4. Pack a water bottle

Stay hydrated with water for your overall health. Drinking water helps protect your mouth by washing away food particles and bacteria. Sugary sodas or juices can contribute to cavities and can cause afternoon crashes. To spice it up, consider infusing your water with fresh fruits, herbs or cucumber.

5. Pack for freshness

Maintain the freshness of your lunch with an insulated bag and ice pack. This ensures all your oral health-friendly foods remain bacteria-free and delicious until it’s time to eat. Plus, using a reusable bag is the eco-friendly option.

Follow these tips to create a more smile-friendly meal.